Contrary to conventional farmers who generally use water-soluble mineral fertilisers, alternative producers rely on recycled nutrients (composts, manures, legumes). An emphasis on the circular economy and environmentally benign farming that avoids environmental pollution, sets a new agenda and need for next-generations fertilisers. These fertilisers will contain organic and non-water soluble nutrients, carbon and other beneficial materials, to nourish crops and soils. The project spans several themes (plant, soil and material science), recycling industries, and organic and regenerative agriculture agencies. Students can complete cutting edge research with endpoint application including fertiliser design and testing. High-achieving students can request stipend support from the national research agencies involved.

Project members

Professor Susanne Schmidt

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences